I got a little tied up in January with everything that was going on, so this was a lighter month for reviews—a lot of time went to the start of the new season and getting up first impressions here and over on Otaku Review. But, I still got to review two really fun pieces and I’m set to tackle a few more in February!
Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Volume 1: Hey, you know, it wasn’t anywhere close to as bad as I was anticipating, which actually makes me wonder if—just maybe—if it’s in the process of being adapted into anime that light novels become more generic and more bland. Is it Wrong… certainly isn’t groundbreaking or overly inventive, but it certainly had some measure of personality that I feel a lot of light novel harem or harem-y adaptations lack. I guess it’ll be interesting to see what J.C. Staff’s adaptation of the novel ends up doing with the source material. I’m also hoping to review the second volume of the series when Yen Press releases it, but the first one ended with a friendly C+. (Full Review)
Aquarion EVOL (Episodes 1-13): I’m (obviously) only halfway through the show, but what a ride it’s been so far! I don’t think Aquarion EVOL will end up inspiring the same kind of love in me that AKB0048 did, but EVOL does indeed surpass AKB0048‘s “sheer sheerness of being” qualities in some truly magnificent ways. Thus far, everything’s kind of just one big polyglot of themes and motifs and symbols, but I sort of get the sense this has all been one big set-up for the true story of the show. At the very least, I hope Mikono doesn’t get damseled too hard—I’m already quite uncomfortable with how bestial Kagura has become (unbridled sexuality uncoupled from love, anyone?) and how that’s somewhat resulted in Mikono starting to feel like a human bone or worse. In any case, the show’s a solid B+ from me thus far. (Full Review)
I was also on the Otaku Review Best of 2014 podcast back in late January. The top five shows I list are the same as in my Best of 2014 post, but if you want to hear me talk and butcher Japanese names, as well as hear the top shows of the other staff members, feel free to check it out!
Coming Up: Aquarion EVOL (Episodes 14-26), Engaged to the Unidentified, The Eccentric Family, Sword Art Online Progressive-Manga